It was a glorious display from the Americans, who were dominant from the opening whistle. The scariest part is if John Brooks can't play, but if it was just a matter of being dehydrated, he should be fine.
Arena has since taken over for Jurgen Klinsmann.
Though it was the 34-year-old Dempsey who took the man-of-the-match award with a hat-trick on his first return to national team duty since recovering from an irregular heartbeat, Pulisic was unquestionably the most influential U.S. player.
After his three-goal show, Dempsey sang the praises of teenager Christian Pulisic as the Borussia Dortmund forward ran the show in the World Cup qualifier. Pulisic assisted Dempsey's second goal.
Just after halftime, Pulisic and Dempsey both scored from close range before Dempsey powered in a free-kick screamer. Once buried in the depth chart at West Ham, Lletget's career revival started when Arena gave Lletget a chance with the Galaxy in 2015. Relative newcomer Sebastian Lletget played in front of him. Lletget scored the first goal at the five-minute mark. Smaller, more intimate venues allow U.S. Soccer to exercise greater control over ticket sales, ensuring a loud and patriotic home crowd. And they're feeling a lot better about the team's chances of reaching the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation. With eight games still to play in the Hex, a six-point haul with wins against Los Catrachos and at Panama on Tuesday would quiet a cacophony of doubters. The top three earn spots to The World Cup.
The U.S. had never before won a hexagonal game by more than three goals.
Lletget's goal in the fifth minute set the tone for the club's big night.
When Dempsey finished his hat trick with a free kick goal in the 54th minute, it was off a foul drawn by Pulisic. Pulisic knocked a short pass over the defense, Dempsey headed it forward as he crossed into the 18-yard box, and while being fouled, slid the ball across Escober into the far corner.
"We played against two good teams, but just didn't come out with the results we wanted to", Pulisic said. USA head coach Bruce Arena fielded a lineup created to push the attack, but no one would have guessed just how effective it would be. Looked like a new team tonight.
"He does remind me of Landon (Donovan)", Arena said on Friday.
English Premier League: Chelsea (69), Tottenham (59), Manchester City (57), Liverpool (56), Manchester United (52).
On a Friday night in San Jose American soccer stood up and declared "We're back". "Hopefully I can break it but a bigger thing is trying to get us to the World Cup".
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